Stopping to admire a small clipper ship in 1853, Neil Thompson is grabbed and dragged on board the ship, then locked in a small dark room until the ship is on its way out to sea. When finally let out, he discovers he's been shanghaied to be a cabin bow on a tea clipper bound for China! And there's no chance for escape. Fortunately, there is a young missionary on board named Hudson Taylor who is also bound for China. Will Taylor's friendship and faith be able to overcome all the bad that has happened to Neil?